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It´s Ozzy´s birthday. We have been together now for 10 years. In that time we have probably been apart for two months in total. He´s lived in three different countries, visited France, Albania, Hungary, Greece, Italy and 10 other countries. He´s been photographed and featured in 4 different fashion magazines and appeared in numerous videos. He´s traveled in planes trains and automobiles as-well as canoes, three wheeler cars and bike trailers. He has friends of all ages and from all over the world. He´s had three different mams but only one nana. He once caught a cat but never killed it although he did once kill a mouse. He never did get a fox. he plied his trade by snapping at the heals of a big herd of young bulls and on the noses of stubborn cows. He chased bikes, kids, Hoovers and generally anything moving fast and low down. He chased many a frisbee although never became the super star frisbee dog I always wanted although he is the ONLY urban disc dog in the WORLD. He´s probably tried every kind of food in the world and never once had to pay unless of course it was with a roll or back jump.
We´ve walked together through snow rain and on the burning rocks of the high mountains. Along windy beaches and through dark forests. He´s sat close to me as I cried and sat in the corner when I had seizures.
We´ve moved through cities together like shadows or flew through the streets He never judges me but only turns a mirror to me so I can see my own anger and stupidity and pulls me from my self pity. If you see him and he doesn't know you he will say hello and may even lick your ankle but he will not entertain fools and certainly wont respond to coochy coo.
He´s only a dog you might say but such a noble and determined creature there has never been and all of the people who have met him in the world will testify to this. He is now the King. And if you dont agree then come and see him because he still walks strong and chases foxes. Sit with him for a while and look at his battle scared nose and wise face and I am sure you will agree with me Ozzy is now a king, a king of dogs that walks with man and is still only ten.
WE have Beautiful weather here in london and Red market - our new home- is COOKING! Lots of tasty food and drinks to be had here tonight and a chance to come and meet us at the She Hannibal.
Maybe you can even have a go on our FSM frisbee tester!
Not long to go until our first festival in the UK. 20th June will be Beach break live in Newquay where the very nice Beach Break crew have kindly given us a piece of beach to play with. Usual frisbee fun will be had. In the spirit of The baltic sun prayer session we will be spreading some frisbee love to the beautiful beach in Fristral bay. With our usual favourites like "jump on the lump", "Splash Catch" and "Hit the wanker" we will also be showcasing some of the best freestyle frisbee action with players coming from all over europe to join us. We have started work on the WORLDS FIRST EVER DISC PARK and will be showcasing it at this event.
Many people ask us why we call her "She Hannibal". Well, our friend and benefactor introduced us to "Hannibal" and we liked her straight away. Although on our way to Paris several years ago we were ruminating on whether "Hannibal" was really a boy or a girl and we came to the conclusion that "Hannibal" was in fact a girl. She was beautiful, fun, could go for ever and had a fridge full of beer. She also has air horns.
Hence "She Hannibal". Out of respect for our mate Arnd, we just couldn't change the name "Hannibal". So the compromise is "She Hannibal".
She has survived the Berlin winter where temperatures drop to -30 and now she is coming out of hibernation just as the spring shoots up and the birds are singing. She´s in the doctors for a checkup and once we give her a bit of tender loving care she´ll be ready to go in a few days.
We are still to announce our final dates but expect to see us somewhere on the road from Berlin to Newquay where we will be landing on the beach at Beachbreak live festival. More dates to be announced.
15 days till our time is up to raise 15,000 to print the next issue. All you have to do is order a copy. YOU WONT BE CHARGED IF WE DON'T RAISE ALL OF THE MONEY- THAT IS HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS.
California. The land of surf, sun, skateboards, hula hoops , frisbees and generally all things cool and good looking. Sitting here in England I thought that perhaps this was all just cliche and exaggeration but then I met Scott Starr. With his long blond hair and good looks he is the personification of "Cali cool". He surfs, snowboards , plays freestyle frisbee, once had a weed farm in the mountains, frequently travels down to his land in Mexico and has the biggest and best collection of surf skate and frisbee imagery on the planet.
He also invented the Tail Devil" and ran a short lived phone sex buisness but you can read more about that in the final printed article in FSM 4!
Perfectly poised at the epicenter of 80s California Scott Starr action sports photographer was shooting Tony Hawk a long time before he was jumping over fire hydrants on the play station. As the skate scene flourished he also turned his lens on the world of professional frisbee, surfing and snowboarding and it wasn't long before his photographs were a regular feature on the cover of Thrasher magazine.
Scott Starr's work has never been curated up until now because like most retiring and reluctant artists, he doesn't realize how good he is and like most real artists he doesn't crave backslapping flattery and glory - he just does it and does it well and with passion. Our motto is "Freestyle magazine- for creative people who like to play." Scott Starr seems to be a manifestation of this slogan. He is the personification of freestyle. In fact he is so freestyle that he even coined his own phrase (much lamented since then) "freekstyle" where he emblazoned the now obsolete all wood snowboards with his artwork before they were laminated by Chuck Barfoot of Barfoot snowboards. When you look at pictures of boards before that time you won't see artwork on them and so Starr should rightly claim credit as the first to use a snowboards as a canvas for artwork. He could take the credit but he won't.
Like a story an artists career should have a beginning, a middle and end. Their work should naturally flourish. An organic development. By cataloging Starr's work we can see this evolution of his art and the development of his ideas as he photographs and paints the gregarious world that is his. Starting from his raw action shots, moving to atmospheric surf pictures where he stands back from the throng of photographers to capture the mood and onto the wild neon 80s moments with rotating plastic and flying sand. Perhaps now we have a glimpse of where his work is going when we look at some of his still life studies of movie reels. Over the years he has amassed an archive of vintage advertisements and movies that he is starting to arrange into compositions to arouse the attentions of pop art aficionados and film buffs alike.
An artist's life colors their work and Starr's story is as colorful as his 80s trousers. He has got the better of a debilitating medical condition that he has had to deal with and now he has slapped it into place. Let's see where his work will take us next. I imagine it will be somewhere sunny, sexy and sandy and ultimately Scott Starr!
If you want to learn more of this man and see his work on nice thick quality paper in our next FSM then go to our kickstarter page and order your magazine. Don't forget we only have 20 days to get at least 500 orders otherwise we can't print it. So don't wait to buy a copy in the shop because they won't be any there. If we don't take enough orders then we won't take your money so if you like it then order it now. If we get orders in quickly then we have more of a chance to be a featured project by kickstarter. At the moment it is hard to find the project on their website. If you are strapped for cash then pledge a pound and that also helps us to get on the kickstarter radar. You can always order a mag at a later stage and every penny helps us to get the money to print mags and buy frisbees (issue 4 will be a wham-o fastback).
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As part of our campaign to generate funds through our kickstarter project, here is another post this time featuring some of our best fashion shoots from the three issues. Please support the magazine and order an issue 4. You can also pledge for other items like our FSM mini discs or even a frisbee workshop.
"Speedies" Issue 2. Photography by jason McGlade
"ALEXIS" FSM 2. Photographs by Uli Weber.
"YUMMY MUMMY". ISSUE 1. Photography by jason McGlade.
"ALEXIS" FSM 2. Photographs by Uli Weber.
"Fade in" Issue 2. Photography Jodi Jones
"Bambi" FSM 3. Photograps by Daniel Hermy
"Burlesque Beauty" Issue 3. Photographs by Sayaka Maruyama
"Russian doll" Issue 1. Photographs by Jason Mclade
"Elektropatra" ISSUE 03. Photography by Jonny Storey
“ALEXIS” FSM 2. Photographs by Uli Weber.
"Happy night waschen" Issue 3. Photographs by jason McGlade
"Young indian summer" Issue 3. Photography by jason Lee parry.
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The next chapter in the project “walking the dog” sees Creative Director and Editor in Chief of FreeStyleMagazine Jason McGlade and his intrepid canine Ozzy traveling through Albania. The trip took in several Balkan countries across land and sea by foot and public transport covering more than 3,000 km over 7 weeks. The travel log can be seen further down in the blog but here is a photographic essay on a country that is so close to us here in Europe but feels so far away. There is a short forward by the anthropologist and peace activist Antonia Young who has worked extensively in Albania and in the Balkans and whom Jason and Ozzy met in Tirana during there adventure.
“Jason’s pictures from the remotest corner of Europe capture the essence of traditional culture of a people who were cut off from their compatriots with whom they shared Ottoman rule for 500 years. They were cut off by a border drawn on a map in London in l9l2, which left half of the Albanian population outside the border of the newly founded Albanian state. Half a century of Europe’s strictest Stalinist regime, followed by 2l years of ‘democracy’ has left its toll. the KULLA (fortress tower in Thethi) may now be an historic relic from days of bloodfeuding, but sadly the phenomenon has taken new routes (invisible to foreign visitors), supporting issues of honor and revenge, leaving many families leading deprived lives. A brighter side of the retention of tradition is beautifully portrayed here, as living history, through the unique costumes and the care of livestock."
Scroll down to see the photoblog of Ozzy and Jason´s travels or visit jasonmcglade.com to see more of the project.